Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blemish busters

In humid weather, sweat and bacteria are more likely to get trapped in your pores, creating the perfect breeding ground for whiteheads and blackheads. Step up your skin-care regimen and clear up your complexion with these latest zit zappers.

This gel-like lotion is a triple threat: it treats acne, controls excess oil and soothes irritation.


Try this roll-on stick – infused with white nettle, zinc and vitamin B6 – to gently dry out spots while reducing redness and irritation.


A film-forming polymer creates an invisible seal over bumps, allowing for smoother makeup application, while a dose of salicylic acid works to clear up your skin.

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Stay hydrated for Summer

Think you’re dehydrated?

Some signs of dehydration include: feeling dizzy or headachy, having a dry or sticky mouth, feeling lethargic and producing less and/or darker coloured urine.

Keep cool and healthy this summer by ensuring that you’re taking in enough fluids to counteract the effects of the rising temperatures. Here are the top four ways to stay hydrated:

1. Eat more fruits and veggies. Most fruits and vegetables have a high water content, making them a great option for helping you meet your hydration needs. In the summertime there are so many fresh options and really wet fruits in season like watermelon and berries.

2. Have a drink every time you eat. If you’re outdoors a lot, or physically active and sweating excessively, you may need to make a habit of drinking more fluids. Do this by drinking a glass of water with every meal and snack throughout the day, even if you don’t feel overly thirsty. As a rule, if you wait until your body’s screaming for a beverage, you’re already dehydrated.

3. Choose drinks that you enjoy. Several studies show that people consume about 45 to 50 percent more water when it's flavored. To pack in the most fluids, pick drinks you enjoy, but beware of overly sweetened juices. Many contain as much sugar as a soda pop. Instead dilute sweet drinks with water to cut back on unnecessary calories. You can also add a wedge of lemon or orange to your water for some natural flavour.

4. Skip the ice. If you’re playing sports or need instant hydration, skip the ice. Drinks served at moderate temperatures – not too hot, or cold - are more quickly absorbed by the body.

Tips: Start a steamy summer day off right with a breakfast that’s loaded with liquids. Cereal with milk, topped with a cup of juicy berries is a great option. Or, try oatmeal. “Grains, like oats, soak up water when you cook them, so they contribute to your liquid needs. for more information

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Helen Mirren in a bikini at 65!

WoW! At the age of 65, Helen Mirren looks so good in her red bikini! Her body is toned and looks very confident. I hope I will look just as good and toned as Helen Mirren when I turned 65 years old! OMG, I just pray that I don't turned out to be all wrinkly and saggy skin! EEEKKK

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Helen looks amazing!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

DIY Facemask: Facemasks, made fresh

"Be it the anti-inflammatory nature of chamomile or the antiseptic ability of sage, fresh herbs can help to renew and rejuvenate your skin" says Susan Vuyanovich of Sattva Biodynamics, an expert on naturally therapeutic skincare products.
Check out Vuyanovich's recipes and select the one that suits your skin type.
oily or combination skin:

1Tbsp French green clay
1Tbsp fresh lemon balm
1Tbsp fresh sage leaves
1Tbsp fresh thyme
1-2 Tbsp aloe vera juice
1Tsp honey

dry skin:

1 Tbsp calendula flowers
1 Tbsp chamomile flowers
1 Tbsp plain organic yogurt
1 Tsp wheatgerm or flax oil

Crush herbs, mix in remaining ingredients and apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Let sit for 10-20 minutes and rinse with tepid water.

Tip Each recipe makes enough for one application. Best if used immediately.

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Celeb complexion secrets

New York-based skincare guru Ling Chan has perfected the complexions of some of Hollywood's most famous faces, including Uma Thurman, Madonna and Naomi Watts. Check out a few of her secrets for getting picture-perfect skin.Tip 1: For brilliant skin, exfoliate. Try an at-home microdermabrasion treatment once a week, or use a fruit-acid-based product with ingredients like papaya. "The fruit enzymes will help digest dead skin cells," says Chan. Try DERMAGLOW RADIANCE RX MICRODERMABRASION TREATMENT, $60

Tip 2: Apply daytime protection from environmental exposure. Opt for a moisturizer with sun protection, particularly during the warm-weather months when you spend more time outdoors. Try OLAY DEFINITY REFINING LOTION WITH SPF 15, $35


Tip 3: Use a gel-based mask once a week and leave it on for about 15 minutes to reveal smooth and hydrated skin. Try GUERLAIN PARIS SUPER AQUA-MASK REVITALIZER, $68

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Expiration Date for your products!!

Using the right skin regimen for your skin type is important because this will target all the issues you are concerned with. Such as rosacea, acne, wrinkles, skin discoloration, etc. Expiration date is also an important factor to check before buying your favorate moisturizer or eye cream. When a product is decomposed this may cause your skin to break out. All products have an expiration date! It is either displayed under or at the back of the product, and it is printed on the packaging as well.

Products slowly lose their efficacy once being opened or being exposed to sunlight. Those that include an SPF have a specific shelf-life. If the product has a funky smell, changed color or watery THROW IT AWAY!! Many products become ineffective after the expiration date, and some can be harmful.

  • Eye cream- 1 year
  • Face lotion- 3 years/SPF- see date on the box

  • Lip balm-1-5 years

  • Lipstick-2 years

  • Mascara-3 to 4 months

  • Perfume-1 to 2 years. To keep them lasting longer, store them in the fridge or away from direct sunlight.

  • Wash'n Dri moist wipes -Good until dried out
  • Anti-aging and acne treatment-3 months to 1 year

  • Body lotion-2-3 years

  • Sunscreen-Check the package for an expiration date

  • Eye and lip pencils-3-5 years

  • Lipgloss-18 months to 2 years

  • Foundation-one year

  • Powder-2 years. It can last longer, but it tends to dry out.

  • Concealer-1 year

  • Eyeshadows-3 years/Cream shadows-1 year

I was on Lara Hill website and was able to learn "MAC production codes are a handy way of working out how old your more perishable cosmetics are, as well as being useful for working out the 'safe' qualities of various pigments (certain pigments made after a particular date are listed as being safe for eyes, lips and face, whereas previous production lots of these same pigments may have been unsuitable for eyes or lips) and being a good indicator of whether a product is fake or not.

The first letter signifies the production run that month - A was the first run, B the second run and so forth.

The second letter or number signifies the month of production:













The final number indicates the year of production.

Using these numbers tells me that this Bombshell lipstick was made in the first production run of April, 2005."

Courtesy of Lara Hill